April 4 2010
Written/Prepared by: Teresa Klassen
10 Little Things
- These can be done in any order
- You might not get through all 10 things
- Engage the children as much as you are able to (we gear the lessons for 3 year olds…so if you have children who are a little younger, they might just be ready to “listen in”)
1. Free Time/Play Time – a time for you to connect with the children and for them to also connect with other children.
2. The Easter Story (With some help from Fruit Gummies)
* I found similar poems on the Internet. Uncertain as to whom the original author is. I modified it to have it tell the Easter story a little more clearly.
- We will have paper plates with this poem printed on them.
- We will have some icing (the kind you use for Gingerbread houses, minus the eggs) and some Popsicle sticks – you can help the children put a dot of icing on the plate next to the right line of the poem and then stick a gummy onto the plate. We will have fruit gummies to match the colors below…
- Put the child’s name on the plate and then set aside to let the icing dry
- Teacher: Say the line out loud to the children, once before you give them a gummy and then as you are sticking the gummy to your plate (showing them how). Then let them stick it to their plate (they may need some help)
Green is for all the good things that God made:
Trees, people, flowers and each grass blade.
But black is for how we misbehaved.
We all sinned and disobeyed!
Red is for the blood Jesus gave.
He died on the cross so that we could be saved.
Yellow is for the sun’s bright rays
Jesus came alive after three days!
White is Jesus’ love cleaning our hearts
And giving people a brand new start
Orange is for our new tomorrow
Filled with hope instead of sorrow.
All these yummy, colorful treats
Reminding us that God’s love is sweet!
3. Show the DVD “God’s Spirit Comes To Help” to the children (Read and Share Bible Series, Video No. 2, Story 12)
4. Read the Easter Story from the Beginner’s Bible – “Surprise” page 486
5. Jesus “The Bridge” – Acting Activity
* This idea is a modification of an idea I found at http://www.kidssundayschool.com/Preschool/Objects/1object06.php by “Mike”
This is a little acting out activity
- Put the picture of Jesus and the children on the wall (use tacks provided)
- Put one towel on the ground, leading away from the picture.
- Put the second towel away from this towel – far enough away from the other towel so that the kids won’t be able to jump across to it, but close enough that the “poster-board cross” will reach across the gap later (Approximately 2 feet away) Don’t put the cross across yet. Place the red hearts on the towel that is close to Jesus.
- Have the children stand at the end of the towels (away from the picture of Jesus.)
- “We want to be close to Jesus and give our hearts to him”
- “But look….there is a big space between us and him. Can you jump across?” (have the kids try, and show them how the space is too big)
- “Jesus died on the cross so that he could make a way for us to be close to him….see how the cross becomes a bridge? (place the cross between the towels to make a bridge)
- “Now we can come and give our hearts to Jesus” (have the children each walk over the bridge that the cross makes, pick up a heart and stick it to the Jesus poster)
6. Snack time
7. Song (Using a worship with Actions CD or DVD)
8. Easter Coloring Page (there are many good ones on the internet – just Google Easter coloring page)
9. Easter Puzzle
Ahead of time: Take a picture of the empty tomb with the words “Jesus is Alive!” printed on it as well. Paste it on card stock or print it on card stock and then cut it into 6 simple puzzle pieces.
Teacher: (showing a picture of Jesus on the cross) Jesus died on the cross for our sins, which was sad…but look what happened on Easter Sunday! We are going to put a puzzle together to see what happened!
Take the simple puzzle pieces and have the children help you put together the picture. When it is together, read the words that say “Jesus is Alive!!!”
Ask them if they would like to do that again. Repeat the same statement that Jesus died on the cross etc. and repeat making the puzzle with their help and see if they can remember what the words say. Help them by saying, “Jesus is…..?”
“I pray this blessing over each one of you.
Each of you is precious in God’s sight.
God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.
I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.
May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.
Since our building is used for many different things, we need to make sure we clean up after ourselves. You can definitely have the kids help you do this near the end of the morning!!
- Please use the BAG provided to put all the left-over items into it, and then you can leave your bag in the classroom.
- Please pick up all the garbage and put it in the trash
- If there are chairs or stools, please fold or stack them and put them away
- Please turn the heat down (applicable for youth room and Gazebo) to 10 degrees
- Please make sure any TVs/DVDs/Projectors are powered off
- Please make sure all toys are put away
Thank you so very much!